I cannot say it better than this Real Catholic Vortex installment. (Click here if you can't see embedded video)
I also want to highlight an address given by Archbishop Chaput of Denver on August 24th. It is entitled, "Living within the truth: Religious liberty and Catholic mission in the new order of the world". I urge all to read it in its entirety.
I'll quote a few salient points. The archbishop makes a very important distinction. "First, “freedom of worship” is not at all the same thing as “freedom of religion.” Religious freedom includes the right to preach, teach, assemble, organize, and to engage society and its issues publicly, both as individuals and joined together as communities of faith. This is the classic understanding of a citizen’s right to the “free exercise” of his or her religion in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s also clearly implied in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In contrast, freedom of worship is a much smaller and more restrictive idea." Now how often lately have we been hearing the oligarchy in DC celebrate "freedom of worship"? Ladies and gentlemen, that is not a mere "difference of terms". They know full well what they're doing. For all their egregious faults, most of them are lawyers who understand the importance of language and who will go to great lengths to manipulate it to serve their progressive world views.
Again.. "Today’s secularizers have learned from the past. They are more adroit in their bigotry; more elegant in their public relations; more intelligent in their work to exclude the Church and individual believers from influencing the moral life of society. Over the next several decades, Christianity will become a faith that can speak in the public square less and less freely. A society where faith is prevented from vigorous public expression is a society that has fashioned the state into an idol. And when the state becomes an idol, men and women become the sacrificial offering." He's right. The Messiah Most Miserable and his Adoring Minions are acting to restrict all our rights that are guaranteed under the First Amendment (and the rest of the Bill of Rights, too, for that matter). This is clearly a case of "use it or lose it". We must speak out and bring our beliefs to the public square and yes, into the voting booths with us this November and in all subsequent elections.